Past Grant Recipients

We continue to work towards the public good. We are focused on developing individuals who help their communities grow and flourish.

The Community University Partnership (CUP) Grants program is designed to support the development of our regions through contributions to cultural, economic, sporting and related activities and build higher education aspiration and awareness particularly among young people in rural and regional communities.

Grants are available in five categories: Arts and Culture, Education Development, Health and Wellbeing, Environmental Sustainability, and Sports Development.

2021 Recipients

  • Arts and Culture
    Organisation Project Outline
    ADFAS Murray River A free art and music event to engage the broader arts community through a community lecture.
    Fast Cars & Dirty Beats Funded a world renowned gypsy jazz guitarist and educator, to lead a community drumming group as part of the overall theatre performance.
    Peel Recreation Reserve Contributed to the cost of t-shirts, designed by a local artist, sold at The Peel Jam (live music event).
    Orange Public School Creation of an Indigenous mural painted by local Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist for the entrance to the school.
    Headspace Orange - Marathon Health Guurunbirra Project - purchase of art supplies for culture workshops.
    Orange Conservatorium Establishment of a multi-school Indigenous language singing group.
    Rotary Club of Orange Bush Poetry Performance Workshops for school groups.
    Creative Comboyne Botanical Couture exhibition and annual event showcasing local artists work.
    Buladelah Central Student excursion to Murrook Cultural Centre.
    Red Hill Public School Infant students connecting with their community and sites of significance to Wiradjuri people during Naidoc Week celebrations.
    Murringo Community Association Art Show in the Murringo Memorial Hall for the local and wider community to enjoy the talent of local district artists.
    The Leisure Company Disability Services LTD External music therapy program for adults with disabilities to provide music based interactive group activities whilst training support workers to continue the program
    Nest Studio Collective Premier collaborative exhibition from six female regional artists to showcase emerging artists and encourage community engagement in the Wagga Wagga art community
    South Wagga Public School Indigenous Arts Program to connect students to First Nations Culture and Histories through traditional and modern style artwork.
  • Education Development
    Organisation Project Outline
    Ross Circuit Preschool Centre Inc Installation of free standing monkey bars to develop and strengthen upper body and core muscle strength in preschool age children.
    PCYC Upgrade of kitchen appliances to provide a healthy breakfast program alongside early intervention and resilience capacity building programs for local youth
    Corowa Public School A vibrant and stimulating sensory garden to provide students with special needs and alternative educational setting.
    Meadow Flat Public School Purchase of portable soccer goals.
    West Bathurst Preschool Purchase resources to meet the sensory needs of children.
    Multifunctional Aboriginal Children's Service Centre (TOWRI) Purchase of new books to help develop children's literacy.
    Raglan Public School Purchase of Lego SPIKE Prime kits used to learn about coding and robotics as part of the Raglan Robotics program.
    Canowindra Public School Purchase of books for the 'Lose Yourself in Literature' program.
    Central West Leadership Academy School holiday workshops for students in the Dubbo, Narromine and Gilgandra areas to engage in a fun space and STEM activities.
    Spring Terrace Public School P&C Association Purchase of 5 sets of early readers as part of the '100 Home Reader Club' program.
    Orange and District Early Education Program (ODEEP) Purchase of musical instruments for the 'Outdoor Musical Sensory Garden'.
    Orange High School Purchase of flexible learning furniture to support the HIVE (High Impact Vital Education) Pilot Program.
    Coopernook Song Trail Outdoor permanent musical instruments creating a song trail to encourage children playing outdoors
    Hastings Secondary College - Eastport Campus Purchase of a 3D scanner for highschool STEM academy.
    Wauchope Public School P & C Purchase of robotics kits for primary school aged kids.
    Great Lakes Surf Survival/Wauchope High School Surf survival program for young indigenous children encouraging them to be active.
    Humula Public School 3D Printing of native bee habitats and tree guards to encourage students to develop an appreciation of design and bringing ideas to life.
  • Environmental Sustainability
    Organisation Project Outline
    O'Connell Public School P & C Association Purchase of equipment  to build a seasonal kitchen garden and chicken coop, used for student learning.
    Rotary Club or Orange Inc. Contribution towards keynote speaker and set-up costs of The Orange Sustainable Living Expo.
    Mullion Creek Public School Purchase of equipment and plants for the establishment of a 'Native Bush Tucker Garden'.
    Wauchope Public School P&C Association Establishment of an outdoor vegetable garden for children to use.
    Erin Earth A new fridge for the pop up volunteer run café for community open days and events.
    Goodstart Early Learning Estella The installation of a bush tucker garden to educate and provide hands on learning for preschool age children.
    Turvey Park Public School School waste reduction and kitchen garden project to enhance student wellbeing and engagement through experiential outdoor learning.
    Rotary Club of South Wagga Wagga Purchase of gardening equipment for intergenerational volunteers to use in the regeneration program for Wagga's Rocky Hill.
    Coolamon Preschool Purchase of a chicken coop for teaching children sustainable practices by introducing chickens into the Preschool environment.
  • Health and Wellbeing
    Organisation Project Outline
    Albury-Wodonga Regional FoodShare Purchase of fresh quality food for the community pantry program supporting those experiencing hardship in rural and regional communities within the Albury-Wodonga region.
    Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group Inc Community bike program to provide new refugee members of the Albury community with transportation to encourage independence and access to study, work and social activities.
    Bathurst Local Aboriginal Land Council Support for the Stronger Together program by contributing towards fruit and vegetable baskets and sporting activities for group members.
    Narromine High School Community Hub A culturally significant garden led by the school and the students working with local community and resources focusing on environmental sustainability.
    The Exchange Dubbo PTY LTD An initiative to provide half yearly business breakfasts and social walk to encourage local business owners to consider their wellbeing and the wellness of their employees.
    Toongi Recreation Reserve And Hall Upgrade of tennis nets and winders to encourage local use of the community tennis courts.
    St Mary's Primary School Learning in the COLA project to encourage engaged learning through movement.
    Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Establishment of a wellness walk to advocate for mental health and wellbeing.
    Hastings Secondary College Visual murals which provide social enrichment and relationship building through art, improving mental health and wellbeing.
    Girls Group (Narrandera High School) Girls Group Program is a cross generational mindfulness and wellbeing group in Narrandera.
    Wagga Asthma Collaborative Training of personnel to collect and count microscope pollen samples for asthma research in the Wagga area.
    Mount Austin High School The Equine Therapy Partnership Program provides intervention and support to target school disengagement for high school age students.
    Wagga Wagga Lake Run and Ride Incorporated Sponsorship of Wagga Lake Run Ride to encourage community participation to promote wellbeing and active lifestyles.
  • Sports Development
    Organisation Project Outline
    Albury Amateur Swimming Club Purchase of adjustable dive block top and backstroke wedges for squad training and for use in competitions to prepare local competitors for state and national championships.
    Albury Tennis Association Incorporated New microphone and speaker system to improve delivery of announcement to competitors and officials at local tennis competitions.
    Eglinton Public School Purchase of uniforms for the school soccer and touch football teams.
    Veritas House - Bathurst Young Mob Funds to cover weekly match fees for the Bathurst Young Mob indoor netball team.
    Wiradjuri Kinnections Sponsorship of Wiradjuri Kinnections-Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Team.
    Ignite Gymnastics Club The Ignite Gymnastics Club "Ignite Their Flame" scholarship.
    Cowra Netball Support towards travel and entry fee costs associated with attending the NSW Junior State Titles.
    Turvey Park Junior Football Netball Club The upgrading and renewal of training resources for improved training sessions for coaches and players for future skill development.
    Wagga Wagga Water Polo Provision of a boom to split the main pool into two sections for the NSW water polo country clubs tournament.

2020 Recipients

  • Arts and Culture
    Organisation Project Outline
    Lyndhurst Public School Support to engage music tutors to encourage the students interest in music and use the new equipment available
    Arena Theatre A five day innovative theatre workshop conducted by three professional artists for children with varying disabilities and their educators
    Port Macquarie Historical Society Inc. Collaborative project to design postcards to mark Port Macquarie's Bicentenary
  • Education Development
    Organisation Project Outline
    Central West Leadership Academy Bring One Giant Leap to Dubbo to inspire space STEM engagement
    Albury Toy Library Incorporated Purchase of toys to expand the Toy Library for children in Albury and the surrounds to facilitate learning in areas such as recycling and sustainable play
    The Smith Family - Girls at the Centre Purchase of art and craft supplies to engage high school age girls in artistic activities with the aim of redirecting negative behaviour and making better choices
    Wingham High School Purchase floor anchor points for new multipurpose areas and purchase new sporting equipment
    Blayney High School Build a construction cottage with trade training stations to facilitate high school age students interest in the construction industry
    Bathurst West Public School Purchase specialised seating for students that encourage more focused learning by sitting on stools that safely allow movement
    Bulahdelah Central School School to Work Project refurbishing a Covered Over Learning Area
    St Vincent de Paul Society NSW South Region Purchase of end of year book prizes to support the refugee homework program facilitated by volunteers
    Crookwell Academy of STEM Excellence Purchase a 3D design tool available to high school age children through a lending library to facilitate problem solving skills across STEM Areas
    Molong Central School Cracking the Code to Education - purchase coding equipment for STEM classes
    Anson Street School Skills House - Building  multi-purpose, life skills learning environment for students with a disability
    Hastings Secondary College, Port Macquarie Campus Purchase Tetrix robotics kits for the Aboriginal TMax robotics team
    The Nature School Purchasing wet weather gear to allow learning in all weather conditions
  • Environmental Sustainability
    Organisation Project Outline
    Herland Cooperative Rebuilding communal shelter and kitchen
    Zonta Club of Port Macquarie Inc. Earth Kit assembly project
    Hastings Valley Amateur Beekeeping Association HVABA Hastings Valley Amateur Beekeepers Association Education Apiary
    Sustain: The Australian Food Network Food stories - Big and Small (podcast)
    Corowa Public School Environmentally sustainable outdoor classroom
    Dubbo Rivercare Group Inc Macquarie River weed control and replanting - Dubbo Project
  • Health and Wellbeing
    Organisation Project Outline
    Lions Club of Geurie Incorporated Install a refrigerator in the Lions Club van to assist Drought Relief catering
    Ronald McDonald House, Wagga Wagga Purchase a "loaner" laptop for parents of sick children to use at Wagga Base Hospital Children's ward to effectively and efficiently communicate where needed
    Wagga Wagga Community Media Inc Purchase a defibrillator to be available to the radio station staff and surrounding community
    Wallerawang Public School Contribute funding to support a breakfast program for identified children to promote a positive start to their learning day through meaningful connections with peers and staff
    Hasting Early Interventions Program Inc, trading as Early Connections Connect & Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology Feeding Clinic for children with feeding difficulties
    Mid North Coast Community College Provide access to sporting facilities and training programs to help develop positive behaviours
    Taree High School Providing workshops to build resilience in Year 12 students
    Life Education NSW Limited Provide Life Education lessons to bush fire affected schools
    Gilgandra High School Install a smartboard in the Wellness Hub to overcome distancing issues and to support group community presentations
    St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, South Region Contribute funding to support a "buddies day" one day program for disadvantaged youth to connect with their buddies to form caring relationships.
    Active Living Longer Inc. (ALLong) To produce exercise videos to be delivered online specifically for people aged 50-75 years to continue building general health and wellbeing during COVID-19
    Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre-Co-operative Legal Service Delivery (CLSD) program Provision of information and care packages for disadvantaged individuals in the midst of COVID-19
    U3A Wagga Wagga Purchase equipment for association members to encourage health and wellbeing, social interaction and mental stimulation to senior members of our community
    Parkinsons New South Wales Online singing therapy for People with Parkinson Disease
    Bathurst Seymour Centre Contribute to funding to provide 10 group music lesson for older members of the community along with people with disabilities and their carers.
  • Indigenous Engagement
    Organisation Project Outline
    Bunyah Local Aboriginal Land Council NAIDOC Family Fun Day
    Uranquinty Preschool Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives into Uranquinty Preschool in 2020
    Forbes North Public school Building cultural links through visual arts and Wiradjuri Language
    Mulyan Public School Dinawan connects Mulyan with culture, dance and Dreaming
    Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Birth Certificate program
  • Sports Development
    Organisation Project Outline
    Hastings Baseball Association Purchasing essential equipment for Baseball in the Port Macquarie/Hastings region
    Cricket NSW Social cricket competition for students
    Orana Physical Culture Headset wireless microphones, transmitter and receiver for amplified voice lesson delivery
    Book Book Tennis Club Host a community and family tennis coaching afternoon and BBQ to bring the community together following the drought, bush fires and COVID-19
    Wagga Wagga Athletics & Little Athletics Purchase of new public address system to better suit the needs of the sporting community when holding athletics carnivals
    Wodonga Basketball Association Host a coaches course in their own training room for all junior representative coaches to be properly accredited and avoid the need and costs of travelling to Melbourne

2019 Recipients

  • Arts and Culture
    Organisation Project Outline
    Flying Fruit Fly Foundation Framing and printing for Capturing Creativity Art Exhibition
    Bathurst Regional Council Australian Poetry Slam
    Rockley Public School Rockley Public School mosaic project
    Rielle Moises Uruguay Embassy, Latin American Film Festival
    Live Words Woven Yarns audio drama project
    Bathurst Arts Council Bathurst Youth Arts Awards concert
    Wellington Eisteddfod Society Incorporated Venue hire for Wellington Eisteddfod
    Fishdog Dubbo Artist Residency pilot program for artists from China
    Calare Public School Calare Public School Mural Art Project
    St Joseph's Regional College St Joseph's Regional College Port Macquarie Visual Art Workshops
    Booranga Writers' Centre Production, design, and printing of the four thirty Anthology of New Writing journal
    Uranquinty Preschool Purchase equipment and resources to support two local artist to visit the Uranquinty Preschool
    2MCE-FM Community Radio Supporting creativity of 2MCE volunteers and enhancing listener engagement
    Outpost Theatre - Auspiced by Arts OutWest OUTPOST presents Romeo & Juliet
    Bathurst Regional Art Gallery VOID Education Symposium
    Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre - Local Stages Local Emerging Artist Program (LEAP)
    Neroli Colvin Storytelling Foundation Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival
    RAWR Music Howling Moon Blues Festival 2020 Deadly Painters
    Centacare Kempsey Kempsey End of Year Drama and Musical Performance
    Wellington High School Wellington High School School Spectacular Performance
    St Mary's Catholic School Wellington Kids on Country
    Riverina Summer School for Strings Residential Summer School for Strings
    Eastern Riverina Arts Creative Riverina Catchups
    Oura Progress Association The Bald Cockys - Oura Community Art Competition
    Outback Theatre for Young People OTYP – 30 Years Young – Sharing our Regional Story
    Albury & District Historical Society Becoming a City, Albury 1947
  • Education Development
    Organisation Project Outline
    Albury Public School Parents and Citizens' Association Purchase of magnifying equipment
    Murray High School Purchase of projector for Murray High School
    Bathurst Early Childhood Intervention Service Children's Lego therapy program
    Denison College Kelso High Campus Denison College Kelso High iSTEM
    Wattle Flat Public School Wattle Flat Public School therapy room
    Denison College Kelso High Campus Purchase of laptops for students with autism spectrum disorder
    Bathurst West Public School Give Back Program
    Mitchell Early Learning Centre Early childhood movement skills program
    Dubbo Public School New robotic technological equipment for Dubbo Public School STEM project
    Orange Public School Orange Public School representative sports uniforms
    St. Joseph's Primary School Port Macquarie St. Joseph's Primary School Port Macquarie, outdoor classroom
    Early Connections Port Macquarie Hastings Purchase of Early Connections Literacy Team resources including C-Pens and Decodable Readers
    Naradhan P&C Association Grace Wilkes-Bowes attending the CASE Space School International Study Program
    Junee Preschool Inc. Introducing students to STEM, basics of computer programming with bee-bots
    Canowindra Public School Parents and Citizens Association Reading Is Fun - Engaging our Students
    Bathurst South Public School Improve an existing space by adding seating for a Student Reflection Area and Outdoor Learning Space
    Hastings Public School iPads for our children's future
    Early Connections Port Macquarie Hastings Literacy Connect
    Wauchope Public School P & C Association Home Readers for Wauchope Public School
    Nautilus Senior College Audio visual assistance for Nautilus
    Leap Blueprint Mindset Training program for Westport LEAP Academy
    St Mary's Rainbow Preschool Aboriginal Cultural Program
    Red Hill Public School Red Hill Public School Special Education Unit Sensory Equipment
    Temora High School Rebuilding Hospitality and Food Technology Action Plan
    Wagga Wagga High School Wagga Wagga High School Debating Team Workshops
    Khancoban United Volunteers Association Renewal of Equipment for a Remote Community Preschool
  • Environmental Sustainability
    Organisation Project Outline
    Birallee Park Neighbourhood House Inc Purchasing tools and resources to teach the community how to change trash to treasure
    Albury Wodonga Public School P&C Purchase portable bench seating and magnification equipment to utilise in the garden
    Greening Bathurst Greening Bathurst Public Lecture Series
    Walan Wirringah Womens Group Community Garden Project
    Rotary Club Orange Sustainable Living Week and Expo
    Bidgee School Greenhouse and garden structure made from up-cycling products that would normally be thrown away
  • Health and Wellbeing
    Organisation Project Outline
    Bathurst Uniting Church Winter crisis accommodation project
    Rockley Public School Rhythms at Rockley student wellbeing program
    Denison College Kelso High Campus Installation of cold water drinking fountain
    Zonta Club of Port Macquarie Inc. Purchase of birthing kits for third world countries
    Canobolas Rural Technology High School Sensory Garden and Meeting Place
    Carcoar Village Association Incorporated "What's on in Carcoar" newsletter and "New to Carcoar" resident's pack
    Orange Parkinsons Support Group Parkinsons Support Group Leaders Conference - 2019
    Orange Bush Nippers Beach patrol training
    Arts OutWest Move2Art
    Student Heart Project Student Heart Project
    Heart Health NSW Inc Volunteer Training Program
    Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services Coastal Walk Against Domestic and Family Violence
    Wauchope Public School P & C Association Safe Play Resources for Wauchope Public School
    Gloucester High School Breakfast Program
    Lake Cathie Touch Football Association Incorporated Lake Cathie Touch Football Association-Passing the Knowledge
    Wellington Public School Healthy Lunchboxes = Healthy Learners
    Dubbo and District branch of Can Assist Logo shirts for Can Assist volunteers
    Narromine Christian School Assessing Our Students to Improve Their Future
    Aftercare “Health, Wellness and Wellbeing Workshops” - LikeMind Wagga Wagga
    Wagga Lake Run and Ride Free Community Annual Fun Run/Walk and Ride
    Riding for the Disabled NSW - Wagga Centre Sand for the Riding for the Disabled Wagga Centre's arenas
    Ladysmith Public School Outdoor learning environments
    AFL Riverina Football and Netball League Inc AFL Riverina Club Health Strategy Local Drug Action Team
    Beechworth Primary School Enviro-sensory Spaces
  • Indigenous Engagement
    Organisation Project Outline
    LeaderLife Ltd Apollo House Landscaping Project
    Calare Public School Calare Public School, education garden, 'Wiradjuri Walk'
    Mulyan Public School Yindyamarra Reflection Garden
    St Joseph's Regional College Indigenous Gathang Language Workshops
    Uranquinty Preschool Embedding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture by engaging children in cultural experiences around language, art and music
    Forbes Public School FPS Yarning Circle
    Denison College of Secondary Education, Bathurst High Campus NAIDOC Celebrations
    Kempsey Adventist School Aiming Higher - Rethinking Indigenous Careers and Outcomes from Education
    Rotary Club of Dubbo Macquarie Incorporated STEAM Ahead with Indigenous Engagement using Bee-bots and Blue-bots
    Red Hill Public School Red Hill Public School Wiradjuri Language Mural Project
    Parklands Albury Wodonga Limited Saving the Murray River Through Stories
  • Sports Development
    Organisation Project Outline
    Chess World (Australia) Pty Ltd, trading as "Kids Unlimited" and as "Chess Kids" Professional Chess Player to run Schools Tournament
    Wodonga Hockey Club Financial support to cover travel costs for representative players and coaches
    Bathurst Bushrangers ARFC Inc Purchase of junior players sporting equipment
    Cathedral Catholic Primary School, Bathurst Purchase of representative rugby jerseys
    Bathurst Bushrangers Netball Purchase of sporting equipment
    Central West Gymnastics Orange Interstate gymnastics support
    Calare Public School Purchase of athletics equipment
    Nambucca Aquatic Swim Club Inc Purchase of starting blocks and backstroke ledges
    Kendall Tennis Club Sponsorship of Kendall Tennis Clubs Todd Woodbridge Cup
    Cootamundra Amateur Basketball Association Assistance with junior girls basketball team to compete in the Country Championship League
    3rd Orange Scout Group, Orange Light Weight Camping Equipment
    Port Macquarie Cycling Club Ltd Junior athletes warm up event and training equipment
    Tacking Point Surf Life Saving Club Purchase of a new racing ski for cadet members
    Port Macquarie Basketball Association 2019 Australian School Championships - St Jospeh’s Regional College 9/10 Women’s Basketball team
    Chatham High School Girls Cricket Academy
    Port Macquarie Gymnastics Club Inc Port Gymnastics Competition Management Software Implementation
    Wauchope Little Athletics Centre Wauchope Little Athletics Javelin Upgrade
    All Together Therapy Pty Ltd Sense Rugby - An Occupational therapy based rugby program for children with disabilities
    Port Saints Football Club New Women's Senior Uniforms
    Orana Physical Culture Incorporated Zone Championships - Orana Physical Culture
    Inspire Netball Club Dubbo Inc. 2019 Koori Netball Knockout
    Narromine Little Athletics Club Off and racing
    Wellington District Cricket Association Assist Junior Cricketers represent at Regional & NSW / Aust Carnivals
    Turvey Park Australian Football Club Inc. Junior Bulldogs Representative Funding
    Mount Beauty Dragon Boat Club Introducing and Encouraging Kids and Teenagers to Participate in the Sport of Dragon Boat Racing